BANGKOK: ADFEST is delighted to unveil this year’s “Fabulous Four”, who hail from Manila (Philippines), Fukuoka (Japan), Mumbai (India) and Tokyo (Japan). From over 30 script submissions, these four Directors wrote scripts that won the most votes from the Film Craft Lotus and New Director Lotus Jury. 
Congratulations to:
· Anya Nicola Isabel Zulueta, Go Motion Productions, Manila
· Hiroki Odagiri, T&E Inc., Fukuoka
· Pranav Harihar Sharma, Film Farm India Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai
· Tomoya Kuge, TYO Camp KAZ, Tokyo
Their short films will premiere at ADFEST 2015 in a session moderated by Michael Hilliard, Executive Producer at Finch in Sydney, who is Jury President of this year’s Film Craft Lotus and New Director Lotus Jury.
“There were some great film ideas entered into Fab Four this year - even at script stage I got a very clear sense of where the filmmakers will take the projects visually. We were flooded with scripts from all over, so we have productions happening in many different regions. We will have a great range of style, tone and character – I can't wait to see the films realized,” says Hilliard.
Every year, ADFEST invites new directors and assistant directors to write a five-minute short film script inspired by the festival’s theme, which this year is “Be Bad!” The 2015 Fabulous Four directors now have just weeks to cast, direct, shoot and edit their film scripts in time for their premiere at ADFEST on Saturday 21st March, 11.30am.
“Being part of Fab Four helped my career enormously. I had to make my first film, and everything was a learning experience. I produced as well as wrote and directed, so I got a small overview of how the industry works. I met some fantastic collaborators and we continue to work together today. Being part of Fab Four is definitely something I am very proud of,” says Adam Graveley, an art director and director based in Perth, Australia, who was a Fabulous Four director in 2014.
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Anya Nicola Isabel Zulueta, Go Motion Productions, Manila:  At 21 years old, Anya is passionate about theatre, writing, film, and telling stories. She is a 2013 graduate of De La Salle College of Saint Benilde's Digital Filmmaking Program. Her thesis film was screened at various film festivals including the 2014 Manhattan International Film Fest. She recently directed her favorite local band’s music video, which is now screening on MTV Philippines. Being a filmmaker means creating worlds and characters and trying to make them matter. Perhaps biased, she feels there could be no better job in the world.
Hiroki Odagiri, T&E Inc., Fukuoka:Born in 1987, Hiroki developed a deep interest in film while he was studying at university. He later enrolled in the faculty of Film & Movie at the Vantan Design Institute, joining T&E in 2013 where he is now Production Assistant/Assistant Director. He aims to create content that shows the good and the bad, instead of love-letter-like content that only conveys a basic personal or subjective view. He wants to create films that throw out the answers to problems and promote communication within families – something that is becoming more and more rare these days.
Pranav Harihar Sharma, Film Farm India Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai:A rarity in advertising/filmmaking, Sharmais a teetotaler-non smoker-vegetarian. As a dyslexic kid he used to struggle right from tying up shoelaces and a necktie to solving the formulas of mathematics and equations in physics. In his final year of a management degree, he joined a small advertising agency as a summer trainee. That’s when he realized he wanted to pursue his career in advertising. Since then he has worked with agencies like Mudra DDB, JWT, Rediffusion YR (Delhi) and Lintas. His association with Film Farm Mumbai started in the year 2013 as a freelance Director. One great advantage of joining the advertising/filmmaking field is that now he is free to wear T-shirts and is not bothered about tying up either a shoelace or a necktie.
Tomoya Kuge, TYO Camp KAZ, Tokyo: Born in 1985, Kugeentered Musashino Art University in 2004, where he had a chance to participate in a project to develop an original pop character for a client at an advertising agency as a designer and a character developer. This experience drove his interest and talent to create pop characters for clients. After his graduation he joined one of the biggest TV commercial production companies in Tokyo, TYO Inc. in 2008, and started his career planning TV commercials and web movies. In 2013 he joined TBWA Hakuhodo on loan for a year as a TV commercial planner. Now, he is back at TYO as a director/producer team called Camp KAZ, which is represented by the legendary director Kazuyoshi Hayakawa. 
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